Implementation of an In Situ Qualitative Debriefing Tool for Resuscitations

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Aim: Multiple guidelines recommend debriefing of resuscitations to improve clinical performance. We implemented a novel standardized debriefing program using a Debriefing In Situ Conversation after Emergent Resuscitation Now (DISCERN) tool. Methods: Following the development of the evidence-based DISCERN tool, we conducted an observational study of all resuscitations (intubation, CPR, and/or defibrillation) at a pediatric emergency department (ED) over one year. Resuscitation interventions, patient survival, and physician team leader characteristics were analyzed as predictors for debriefing. Each debriefing's participants, time duration, and content were recorded. Thematic content of debriefings was categorized by framework approach into Team Emergency Assessment Measure (TEAM) elements. Results: There were 241 resuscitations and 63 (26%) debriefings. A higher proportion of debriefings occurred after CPR (p




Mullan, P. C., Wuestner, E., Kerr, T. D., Christopher, D. P., & Patel, B. (2013). Implementation of an In Situ Qualitative Debriefing Tool for Resuscitations. Resuscitation, 84(7), 946–951.

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